Frost & Sullivan: Saturated Disposable Gloves Market Uses Novel Materials to Tap New Revenue Opportunities

Published: 20 Jun 2012

Latex gloves make way for synthetic or lower-protein latex alternatives

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 20, 2012 - The North American disposable gloves market has made continual, although tepid progress, over the last few decades because of recurring demand from the medical segments. While the medical disposable gloves segment is saturated, certain underserved end-users, such as alternate care, dentistry and long-term care, offer opportunities for growth.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, Analysis of the North American Disposable Gloves Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $2.81 billion in 2011 and estimates this to reach $3.22 billion in 2016, boosted by increasing safety regulations and end-user awareness regarding hygiene, risk of contamination and infection.

If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an email to Jeannette Garcia, Corporate Communications, at, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

The non-medical segment is not as highly penetrated as the medical segment, due to the lack of regulations and awareness. Disposable gloves are finding increasing application in segments such as advanced technology, service and food industries, which are not traditional users of this product. The low entry barriers attract more participants to the already overcrowded market and create pricing pressures. This increase in price pressure restrains the average selling price and, in turn, overall revenues of the disposable gloves market.

Further, the volatile raw material prices of both natural and synthetic rubber have placed additional pressure on suppliers to revise product prices many times a year. This creates dissatisfaction among the highly price-sensitive end-users.

"In this scenario, suppliers can improve uptake by educating potential users about the associated high costs of treating hospital-acquired infections," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Anita Pamu. "Non-medical end-users are also realizing the importance of wearing gloves, but the pace of uptake depends on them being aware of their choices and picking a task-appropriate glove."

Another consequence of the price fluctuations is that the cost of latex has increased significantly over the past 12 months. This has dissipated the cost advantage latex had over synthetics. For example, the synthetic material nitrile is rapidly gaining ground in the market, and by cause many branded manufacturers are developing product lines using this commodity.

"There has been a continued conversion to synthetic or gloves that contain lower protein due to concerns of latex allergies," said Pamu. "Moreover, technological advances in synthetic materials have enabled the development of disposable gloves that feel as comfortable as latex and are competitively priced."

End-users demand for comfort, fit and dexterity has turned manufacturers' attention to materials or designs that can satisfy these requirements.

Apart from atypical materials, market participants must also focus on product differentiation to stand out in this mature market. They must explore new opportunities within the already existing range of products and solutions, offer excellent customer service, and form strategic partnerships with raw material suppliers, contract manufacturers and distributors.

Analysis of the North American Disposable Gloves Market is part of the Chemicals & Materials Growth Partnership Services program, which also includes research in the following markets: Strategic Analysis of the GCC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market, North American Gas Detection Markets Analysis, North American Construction PPE Markets, Western European Construction PPE Market, Chinese Above the Neck PPE Markets, and Western European Fire Fighters Personal Protective Equipment Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.

Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Contact Us: Start the discussion
Join Us:  Join our community
Subscribe: Newsletter on "the next big thing"
Register: Gain access to visionary innovation

Analysis of the North American Disposable Gloves Market


Jeannette Garcia
Corporate Communications – North America
P: 210.477.8427

Help Desk

Full list of offices

For more information and general enquiries, contact Frost & Sullivan near you.

North America
tel: +1.877.463.7678

Select a location near you..